Literary enthusiasts have been paying tribute to Harper Lee on what would have been her 93rd birthday.
The author, whose full name is Nelle Harper Lee, penned To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960 and won received the Pulitzer Prize the following year.
Harper Lee received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature and received a number of honorary degrees, but declined to speak at each one.
Speaking to the Newquist in 1964, she admitted she never expected any kind of success with How To Kill a Mockingbird:
"Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I'd expected."
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience" -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
"People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.." -Judge Taylor, To Kill a Mockingbird
"People in their right minds never take pride in their talents." -Miss Maudie, To Kill a Mockingbird
“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.” -Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
“Things are always better in the morning.” -Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
"There's no substitute for the love of language, for the beauty of an English sentence. There's no substitute for struggling, if a struggle is needed, to make an English sentence as beautiful as it should be." -Harper Lee, in an interview with The Bluegrass Special
"Hope for the best and expect nothing. Then you won't be disappointed." - Harper Lee, in an interview with The Bluegrass Special
"To be a serious writer requires discipline that is iron fisted. It's sitting down and doing it whether you think you have it in you or not. Everyday. Alone. Without interruption." -Harper Lee, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, from Childhood to Go Set a Watchman
"Contrary to what most people think, there is no glamour to writing. In fact, it's heartbreaking most of the time." -Harper Lee, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, from Childhood to Go Set a Watchman